Flexible and transparent encapsulation is a long-sought enabling technology, critical to large-area flexible and printed electronics. Few companies have been able to demonstrate the technology capable to meet the highest-end needs. No one has done it yet in high-volume at an acceptable price point….until now.
Founded in 2010, Vitriflex is a leading manufacturer of flexible, transparent ultra-barriers used for moisture and oxygen protection. Vitriflex has invented and scaled-up a novel approach that represents a breakthrough, applicable to multiple markets, including OLED Display, Solar PV, OLED Lighting, and Quantum Dot films.
Dave Pearce, Chairman and CEO
Dave has more than 45 years of experience in high tech, having served thirty years as CEO of seven venture backed companies, six of which were he was a founder. His career achievements includes two IPOs, two M&A transactions and over a quarter billion dollars raised. Mr. Pearce currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Vitriflex, a manufacturer of thin-film barrier films for display, lighting and solar applications, a company he co-founded in 2010. In addition to his operating role at Vitriflex, Mr. Pearce serves as a board member of Olea Networks, Tusaar, Leo Technologies and Ensor, all privately held high tech startups. Mr. is a venture partner at Draper Nexus Ventures, with $220M under management, and Managing Director of Redtail Ventures, an early seed stage fund. Mr. Pearce serves on the Georgia Tech President’s Advisory Board and is an active personal investor with a passion for helping mentor startup companies and first time CEOs.
Ravi Prasad, Ph.D, CTO and Co-Founder
Dr. Prasad has over 20 yrs. of experience of developing and managing high gas barrier packaging films, membranes, advanced polymers and MEMS . He began his career as a process engineer in the petrochemicals industry at Shell, and he subsequently worked in engineering and management at Hoechst-Celanese Corporation. Dr. Prasad later joined HP’s Imaging and Printing Group, where he was CTO of the New Business Group. In addition to his large company experience, he has a strong entrepreneurial bent. He has over 20 issued US patents and numerous patents pending, has coauthored over 20 technical papers and a chapter in the Membrane Handbook. He holds a B. Tech. with distinction in Chemical Engineering from Univ. of Madras, India, and the M.S. and Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey.
Martin Rosenblum, Ph.D, Vice President Engineering
Dr. Rosenblum is a recognized expert in barrier film technology. He has had a long career developing thin-film technologies and bringing them to successful commercialization. Prior to joining Vitriflex in 2013, Dr. Rosenblum served for 3 years as VP, Next Generation OLED Technology for Samsung Display Corporation in Giheung, South Korea, where he established the technical and strategic vision for manufacturing scale-up of direct encapsulation of flexible OLED displays. Before that, he was VP of Operations & Engineering at Vitex Systems Inc. where he led the development of polymer multi-layer (PML) thin-film encapsulation. Prior to Vitex, Dr. Rosenblum held various technical & management positions at Komag (now a part of Western Digital), a leading data storage company, where he developed laser-zone textured hard disk media and removable magneto-optic data storage. Dr. Rosenblum holds a Ph.D in Applied Physics from Harvard University and a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University.